JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 DEVOTIONAL — Let Your Tears Flow

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JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 DEVOTIONAL — Let Your Tears Flow

Joyce Meyer ministries 23 September 2020 devotional

(Wednesday 23 September 2020)

TOPIC: Let Your Tears Flow

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As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

— Nehemiah 1:4 (ESV)

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 DEVOTIONAL

MESSAGE:

Nehemiah was not afraid of emotion, or reluctant to show it. Notice that he “wept and mourned.” Some of us flat-out refuse to show any of our emotions, which is not healthy.

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 DEVOTIONAL

Pent‑up feelings are harmful if not dealt with, and need to be released in healthy ways. If we don’t release our emotions at appropriate times, as Nehemiah did when he heard the walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed, our emotions will eat away at us on the inside.

Stuffing or suppressing our feelings can also cause physical problems like trouble sleeping, or even digestive issues. Maybe you know someone who went to the doctor because they felt so bad and were convinced something was wrong with them, only to find out—after all kinds of medical tests—that the doctor found nothing and simply said their symptoms were related to stress or anxiety.

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 DEVOTIONAL

Our emotions will always manifest in some way, so it’s best to deal with them before they deal with us. God created us with tear glands and the ability to cry, which must mean there will be times in life when we, like Nehemiah, need to cry. In the Old Testament, Hannah wept and even stopped eating because she was brokenhearted over not having a child (see 1 Samuel 1:7). When David and the men with him discovered the Amalekites had burned the city of Ziklag and taken everyone in it (including their own wives and children) captive, they “raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep” (1 Samuel 30:4). David also wept when his son became deathly ill (see 2 Samuel 12:21–22). Even Jesus wept over the death of His friend Lazarus (see John 11:35).

Tears are certainly part of the process of healing in our soul. God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah: “Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the LORD” (Lamentations 2:19). This proves to us that God wants us to bring our pain to Him. We can tell Him everything, holding nothing back. He knows it all anyway, but getting it out in the open is incredibly helpful to us.

JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 DEVOTIONAL

Though it is important to express our deep feelings through tears at times, God didn’t create us to stay in a season of weeping forever. There is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh” (Ecclesiastes 3:4). God’s Word promises us that “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NKJV). Whatever you’re going through right now, ask God to help you deal with it in a healthy way. Cry when you need to, and know that this season of sadness will come to an end. As you walk with God, He will heal your heart and lead you into new seasons with joy.

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Prayer Starter:

Father, please help me express and deal with my emotions in a healthy way. If there’s anything I’ve been putting off dealing with, please show me and give me the strength to deal with it. Thank You for being there for me, for listening, and for healing me from the inside out. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 DEVOTIONAL

Please don’t forget to share with your friends and families on social media so they can be blessed and be blessings to others. God bless you

The sweetest and biggest thing to ever happen to you is to make a decision to be saved through JESUS CHRIST. If you have not made that decision. Please make that decision now and say ” Lord Jesus forgive me for my sins and have mercy on me, thank you for dying for me on the cross, take me as your son / daughter and be my father. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME, in JESUS CHRIST NAME AMEN. God bless you.

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This Daily Devotional was written by Joyce Meyer who is the founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

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